48' Aaron Cresswell
|33||Emerson Palmieri dos Santos|
|5||Jorge Luiz Frello Filho|
|11||Pedro Rodríguez Ledesma|
|10||Willian Borges Da Silva|
|Felipe Anderson Pereira Gomes||8|
Chelsea 0-1 West Ham United
Aaron Cresswell’s superbly-taken second-half effort was enough to secure West Ham three points to remember against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Captain Mark Noble spoke before the game about the need to maintain recent levels of endeavour while maintaining greater concentration, and with all in Claret and Blue delivering performances of industry and steel, Cresswell's cut inside and right-footed finish proved sufficient to grant West Ham their first win at the west London ground in 17 years.
Seeking a first win in eight Premier League games, Pellegrini shuffled his pack with four changes to the team, Fabian Balbuena and Pablo Fornals returning to his starting line-up.
Michail Antonio was rewarded for his goalscoring second-half appearance against Tottenham last week with a start up front, while goalkeeper David Martin, son of former Hammers legend Alvin, made his debut in Claret and Blue.
An open start to the match saw the first clear-cut chance of the match fall to the Blues after three minutes, Emerson’s pull-back inside the area deflecting into the path of Pedro, but the Spaniard’s scuffed shot was blocked by the legs of Ogbonna.
Moments later and the Hammers’ first productive move of the match arrived, Cresswell enjoying time and space to shape a curling cross from deep onto the outstretched boot of Antonio, but the No30’s improvised finish was always requisite of more control.
Any early nerves for Martin will have been settled a minute later when Mason Mount burst into space from Giroud’s lay-off, his 25-yard strike being gathered at the second attempt by the West Ham keeper.
Luck proved on West Ham’s side 15 minutes later, Reece James’ ball from the right taking a big nick off the outstretched foot of Cresswell, the looping cross clipping outside of Martin’s left stick. Zouma climbed highest from the resulting corner, but glanced wide of the mark.
The Hammers responded with vigour and, three minutes later, Anderson’s cross-field pass allowed Snodgrass to cut in from the right and whip it onto the head of the diving Antonio. The No30’s header proved a fraction too close to Kepa in the Chelsea net, but the Claret and Blue faithful roared in approval.
While West Ham grew into the half and enjoyed more and more possession in the Chelsea half, the better chances fell to the home side prior to half-time, Martin springing to deny Kovacic’s laced long-range effort before Pulisic failed to control James’ fizzing cross.
If their final ball was perhaps lacking in a first 45, the Hammers set about determined for that not to prove the case in the second.
Just two minutes after half-time, a sweeping moved allowed Fornals to feed Cresswell on the overlap, the No3 bursting into the box before cutting onto his right and curling a precise finish low past Kepa.
Ten minutes later, and two tantalising Snodgrass corners almost led to West Ham doubling their lead. The first met the head of Balbuena, whose thumping header was tipped around the post, before the second almost broke onto the foot of Antonio inside the six-yard area.
That second goal looked to have arrived on 67 minutes after Snodgrass beat Willian on the outside and drove into the area, looping the ball towards the far post where Antonio was on hand to bundle into the net via a combination of Zouma and – unfortunately, as VAR identified – hand.
With confidence boosted, the Hammers countered with purpose on numerous occasions while ensuring they had enough bodies to frustrate Chelsea’s dangerous wide players, Rice in particular leading the charge with a number of timely interceptions.
As the game drifted towards five minutes of nerve-wrenching injury time, Pulisic found space on the edge of the West Ham box for Chelsea's clearest chance of the half, but could only lash wide from 20 yards.
After some difficult days in recent weeks, this was truly West Ham's day - just reward for a show of heart, grit and pride.
Chelsea: Kepa, James, Tomori, Zouma, Emerson, Jorginho (c) (Kante 63), Kovacic, Pedro (Willian 63), Pulisic, Mount, Giroud (Hudson-Odoi 71)
Subs: Caballero, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Batshauyi
West Ham United: Martin, Fredericks, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice, Noble (c), Snodgrass, Fornals (Masuaku 83), Felipe Anderson (Yarmolenko 71), Antonio (Haller 76)
Subs: Roberto, Zabaleta, Sanchez, Ajeti
Goal: Cresswell 48’
Booked: Fornals, Yarmolenko, Cresswell
Referee: Jonathan Moss